Lopez: Unfinished Business In Albany

Calls on Leadership to Take Up Critical Issues
July 25, 2007
According to Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I – Schoharie), it’s critical that the Legislature come back to session as soon as possible to focus on important unresolved issues.

“Despite a strong start to the Legislative session, the focus on reform and our economy shifted to narrow special interests,” said Lopez. “Meanwhile, residents of New York still pay crushing property taxes and are feeling the squeeze of energy demands.”

Last session, Lopez helped pass a number of reforms, including civil confinement legislation and workers’ compensation reform. He has also dedicated much of his time to working for the farm families of Upstate New York, passing measures that will expand their health insurance, ease restrictions and regulations and provide assistance for struggling dairy farmers.

However, key issues such as easing the property tax burden, addressing growing energy concerns, providing aid for struggling farmers, campaign finance reform, creating a death penalty for cop killers, expanding the DNA database and reforming Wicks Law were not addressed.

“Property taxes, energy prices and job creation are a few of the many critical issues that we still need to tackle,” Lopez stated. “Session started out with a bang, and we had very high expectations. However, as the end came near, we were not able to move on those issues that really matter to the people of New York. It is time to break away from narrow special-interest issues and address the things that really matter to New Yorkers.”